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Briegeen Girvin


  • Room 03.039 - Whitla Medical Building

    United Kingdom

1994 …2020

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Personal profile


I have a special interest in general practice and have worked part time in GP surgeries for over 10 years as a prescriber in the areas of hypertension, type 2 diabetes and medication review of elderly patients in residential care.  Prior to working in the School of Pharmacy, previous posts have included:

  • Prescribing Adviser to GPs at the Health and Social Care Board. This included visiting GPs and providing feedback on their prescribing patterns via e.g. COMPASS reports.  The role also involved educating GPs on the safe, effective and economic use of medicines and promotion of current guidelines e.g. NICE guidance.
  • I provided a Medicines Governance Role to GP practices and community pharmacies within the Belfast Local Commissioning Group area.  This included overseeing the management of prescribing errors in all GP practices and the management of dispensing incidents in community pharmacies in the Belfast area. My priority role was to ensure that systems were put in place to prevent re-occurrence of serious incidents and that any learning was shared throughout practitioners in Northern Ireland. I was the lead pharmacist for establishing an anonymous adverse incident reporting and learning system for community pharmacists across Northern Ireland.  Our team disseminated the learning on these incidents to all community pharmacists in NI through the Medicines Safety Matters Newsletters.
  • Prescribing Information Pharmacist at the Regional Prescribing Information Unit, Department of Therapeutics and Pharmacology, QUB where I was involved in the development of COMPASS reports and instigated the COMPASS Therapeutic notes series.  I was also part of a team that wrote the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Northern Ireland Formulary.  I conducted research around drug utilisation, patient compliance and hypertension.  

Research Focus

My research focus at Queen’s University includes Pharmacist Independent Prescribing, clinical skills, preparing pharmacists to work in primary care, the role of simulation and the effectiveness of e-learning in pharmacy education.  I continue to have an interest in hypertension through my prescribing role in general practice and scholarly activites including advising pharmacist independent prescribers on running hypertension clinics.



I am manager and programme lead for the recently GPhC-accredited Pharmacist Independent Prescribing Programme at the School of Pharmacy, QUB.  I teach clinical skills to both undergraduate pharmacy students and to pharmacists undertaking the Independent Prescribing qualification. 

My role also involves teaching MPHARM students in areas that are relevant to primary care e.g. safe prescribing systems, prescribing analysis, antimicrobial stewardship, formularies, medicines optimisation and evidence-based prescribing. I teach across a wide range of topics within the MPharm degree including practising to be a pharmacist, calculations and pharmacokinetics (interprofessional learning with medical students), consultation and communication skills.  

I write and update the module on Evidence-based Practice within the cert/dip/MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice and am an examiner on the Advanced Therapeutics modules.

I am the SIM champion for the School of Pharmacy and am involved in planning the teaching which will occur in the new simulation centre at QUB which is due to open in September 2020.  Priority areas for teaching will include interprofessional learning, medicines safety, clinical skills and communicating with patients and other healthcare professionals.

External to pharmacy teaching, I am also responsible for delivering a 1 hour lecture to medical and biology students entitled: The Evidence Based Management of Type 2 Diabetes in the module Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the BSc in Human Biology and intercalated BSc in Medical Science at Queen’s University Belfast.

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Research Output

  • Assessment and treatment of resistant hypertension

    Plumb, R. & Girvin, B., 20 Mar 2020, In : Prescriber . 31, 3, p. 19-22 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Establishing the roles undertaken and clinical skills needed by general practice-based pharmacists: a web-based survey

    Girvin, B., Akpan, U., Hampson, N., Middleton, H., Sims, L. & Barry, H., 27 May 2020, (Accepted) In : Pharmacy Education.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    ABPI innovation award

    Girvin, Briegeen (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • GAIN 1st Annual Health and Social Care Quality Award

    Girvin, Briegeen (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Investigator of the Year Award

    Girvin, Briegeen (Recipient), 2000

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Performance Award - STAR Scheme

    Girvin, Briegeen (Recipient), Nov 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Demonstration of clinical skills to Spanish students from Alcalá de Henares, International School, Madrid Spain

    Briegeen Girvin (Recipient)

    11 Oct 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day

    School of Medicine Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Education Away Day

    Briegeen Girvin (Participant)

    17 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    School Open Day

    Briegeen Girvin (Recipient)

    05 Sep 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day

    FMHLS Offer Holder Day

    Briegeen Girvin (Presenter)

    30 Mar 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day

    Advance HE Pharmacy Education Network (External organisation)

    Briegeen Girvin (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network